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take the lead

1. To be the primary person working on something; to assert oneself as the leader. I have meetings all day, so please take the lead on this project, Joan.
2. To become the leader in a competition by overtaking another player, team, or participant. And with that goal, the home team takes the lead! Now that exam scores have been factored in, Amelia has taken the lead in the race for valedictorian.
See also: lead, take
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1278b] From what has been said it is plain whether the virtue of a good man and an excellent citizen is the same or different: and we find that in some states it is the same, in others not; and also that this is not true of each citizen, but of those only who take the lead, or are capable of taking the lead, in public affairs, either alone or in conjunction with others.
We now reversed our order of march, I, being the heaviest, taking the lead, with a view of breaking a path through the obstruction, while Toby fell into the rear.
After taking the lead, Peshawar kept up pressure to double the lead but till the end of the first session Peshawar failed to score any goal.
Kiprotich went on to win gold after consolidating his race, after taking the lead after the 37 kilometre mark, beating Kenyan runners Abdel Kirui and Wilson Kipsand, who finished second and third, respectfully.
Hereford drew 1-1 at Leyton Orient after taking the lead through Leon Constantine before Jason Demetriou levelled in the 90th minute.
Coventry despite taking the lead through Tim Cahill in 15 minutes.
He is taking the lead in organising parliamentarians in support of the rallies protesting against the attack on the Massereene Barracks in Antrim which has been claimed by the Real IRA.
RALLYING: Jari-Matti Latvala was left to reflect on "unbelievable" driving conditions after taking the lead at the end of an eventful opening day to the season-ending Wales Rally GB yesterday.
Under-9s lost 2-1 at North Ormesby - the home side taking the lead from a headed corner in the first half.
The host had taken the lead through Andy Price but Tivi drew level through an own goal before taking the lead through Lee Rollason.
I playoffs nearly had to wait until Monday's showdown with Louisville of Woodland Hills, as Chaminade (7-10-2, 5-5) just missed taking the lead in the 74th minute.
Dromara had the first chance to open the scoring but an excellent diving save from East custodian Andy McDonald prevented the Villagers from taking the lead.
ACCEPT the 11-8 that Stan James are offering about Shelbourne taking the lead in tonight's televised eircom League clash against Cork City, writes Johnny Ward.
KEITH went down to their heaviest defeat for a long time after taking the lead.
Stuart Murdoch's side took control in a 20-minute second-half spell, taking the lead when Wade Small's rasping shot cannoned in off the crossbar.
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